Androgyny in Culture Analytical Essay by MichaelDerwent

Androgyny in Culture
Looks at how the boundaries of gender have been blurred in the contemporary cultural world.
# 149078 | 1,775 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | GB

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This paper explains that androgyny can be seen in many areas of the contemporary cultural spectrum, especially where the focus is on self-expression and experimentation. Although androgyny is not a modern phenomenon as witnessed by Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa", the author believes that it only has been in more recent decades that it has become accepted as part of society and is actually encouraged. The paper presents examples of androgyny in modern culture such as in the worlds of music with Boy George and Lady Gaga, in fashion with Andrej Pejic and in the movies with actor James Franco.

From the Paper:

"In October 2010, actor James Franco, who has starred in films such as Pineapple Express and 127 Hours, is always one for the avante garde and dressed as a woman for the cover of Candy magazine. The magazine is described as, "The first fashion magazine ever completely dedicated to transvestism, transsexualism, cross-dressing and androgyny, in all its manifestations.". Wearing a full face of make up and a variety of dresses, the 32 year-old describes himself as not being gay but after staring as Saun Penn's homosexual lover in the film Milk now feels "homosexual loves stories are more interesting". It speaks volumes that a Hollywood actor would feel comfortable doing a thing such as this and shows that these types of images are not as shocking or as frowned upon as they once were.
"Moving on from the fashion industry, there are also many examples of androgyny in the music world, music has always been an expression of the culture at any given time and no period in the music industry was more focused on androgyny than the 1970s and 80s.
"In the early 1970s glam rock began to gain popularity, a UK invention, glam rock was characterised by quite often ridiculous costumes and outrageous over the top make up, with platform boots and copious amounts of glitter being must haves."

Sample of Sources Used:

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Androgyny in Culture (2011, November 24) Retrieved September 27, 2022, from

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"Androgyny in Culture" 24 November 2011. Web. 27 September. 2022. <>